Friday, May 29, 2015


No. 5/1/2015- CPI

DATED : 29th May, 2015

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – April, 2015

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2015 increased by 2 points and pegged at 256 (two hundred and fifty six). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.79 per cent between March, 2015 and April, 2015 when compared with the increase of (+) 1.26 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.24 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Urd Dal, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Milk (Buffalo & Cow), Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Snack (Sweet & Saltish), Country Liquor, Electricity Charges, Doctor’s Fee, Private Tuition Fee, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted by Eggs (Hen), Onion, Chillies Green, Sugar, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.79 per cent for April, 2015 as compared to 6.28 per cent for the previous month and 7.08 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.68 per cent against 6.98 per cent of the previous month and 7.76 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Srinagar reported the highest increase of 9 points followed by Bhilai (5 points). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 14 centres, 3 points in 9 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. On the contrary, Giridih centre recorded a maximum decrease of 6 points followed by Guntur (3 points) and Ranchi-Hatia and Godavarikhani (2 points each). Among others, 1 point decrease was observed in 8 centres. Rest of the 9 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 36 centres are above All India Index and other 42 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2015 will be released on Tuesday, 30th June, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.


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  The National Convention Calls upon the Central Trade Unions All India General Strike on 2nd September, 2015. 


This National Convention of Workers being held under the banner of joint platform of all the Central Trade Unions of the country along with independent national federations of all sectors and service establishments expresses deep concern over anti worker, anti-people and pro-corporate actions of the present Govt. at the Centre in pursuance of the policy of globalisation. During this period the Govt. has been over-busy in amending all labour laws to empower the employers with unfettered rights to “hire and fire” and stripping the workers and trade unions of all their rights and benefits besides aggressively pushing through almost unlimited FDI in strategic sectors like Railways, Defence and Financial Sector. Also, through sweeping changes in the existing Land Acquisition Act, farmers’ right to land and agri-workers’ right to livelihood are been sought to be drastically curbed and curtailed.

The Govts’ aim in aggressively pushing through sweeping changes in labour-laws is nothing but to push out ovenNhelming majority of workers out of the coverage of all labour laws and to drastically curb the trade union rights. The CTUs had besides other issues raised the issue of strict enforcement of labour laws and universal social security but this Govt. is doing away with all rights-components in all the labour laws aiming at creating conditions of bonded labour in all the workplaces. EPF and ESI schemes are proposed to be made optional which is also aimed at demolishing the PF and ESI schemes dismantling the basic social security structures available to the organized sector. And for the vast unorganized sector workers, old schemes are being repackaged and renamed, without providing for funds and implementation-machinery/network with a view to befool the people. The Govt. has not taken any step to curb price rise of essential commodities and to generate employment except making tall claims of containing inflation in the media. On universalising public distribution system, the Govt. is trying to scuttle it through Direct Benefit Transfer resulting further squeeze on the common people.

During theyear with the support of the present Govt, various state governments have brought about drastic anti-workers changes in basic labour laws viz., industrial Disputes Act, Contract Labour. (Regulation & Abolition) Act, Factories Act and Apprenticeship Act, Trade Unions Act etc introducing “hire & fire”, throwing more than 71% of factories out of coverage of Factories Act and making all contractors employing up to 50 workers free from any obligation towards workers. The Central Govt. on its part has introduced amendments to Factories Act raising doubly the limit of workers for registration of factories, put in public domain the proposals for new Small Factories (Regulations of Service conditions) Bill which prescribes that major 14 labour laws will not apply to factories employing upto 40 workers. Labour Code on Wages Bill and Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill which under the cover of amalgamation seek to make registration of unions almost impossible, making retrenchment and closure almost free for the employers class. These bills have been put in public domain without consulting the trade unions thereby violating the provisions of ILO Convention 144 on Tripartite Consultation. Amendments have also been brought in EPF & MP Act and ESl Act to make it optional with a sinister design to finally demolish the two time-tested statutory schemes for the workers. The Prime Minister’s office has written to the Chief Secretaries of States to follow Rajasthan Model in labour laws. All these amendments are meant to exclude 90% of the workforce from application of labour laws thereby allowing the employers to further squeeze and exploit'the workers.

The Convention also expresses dismay over the Govt’s total inaction in implementing the consensus recommendations of 43rd, 44th and 45th Indian Labour Conferences on formulation of minimum wages, same wage and benefits as regular workers for the contract workers and granting status of workers with attendant benefits to those employed in various central govt schemes like anganwadi, mid-day-meal, ASHA, para-teachers etc. On the contrary, the Govt drastically curtailed budget allocations to all those centrally sponsored schemes meant for poor peoples’ welfare. It is also noted with utter dismay that the present government is also continuing to ignore the twelve point demands of entire trade union movement pertaining to concrete action to be taken for containing price-rise and aggravating unemployment situation, for strict implementation of labour laws, halting mass scale unlawful contractorisation, ensuring minimum wages for all of not less than Rs 15000 per month with indexation and universal social security benefits and pension for all including the unorganized sector workers, etc. The demands also include compulsory registration of Trade Unions within 45 days and ratification of lLO Conventions 87 and 98. Even the legislations passed by Parliament on the issue of Street Vendors is not being implemented appropriately.

The National Convention also denounced the retrograde move of the Govt. in hiking/allowing FDI in Defence, Insurance, Railways and other sectors and also its aggressive move for disinvestment in PSUs including Oil and financial sector aiming at total privatisation which will be detrimental to the interests of the national economy, national security as well as mass of the common people. The National Convention also condemned the sweeping change sought to be brought in Land Acquisition Act permitting forcible acquisition of land from the farmers and putting in jeopardy the livelihood of agricultural workers. it is disgusting to note that 147 workers of Maruti-Suzuki at Manesar are being forced to languish in Jail for more than two years on false and fabricated charges. it is unfortunate that even after the assurance of Prime Minister to revive the closed NOKlA Sriperumbudur unit, the recent decision to sell it out demonstrates Government approach to deny protection to workers. The coal sector has already been opened for commercial operations by private sector.

The Convention supports the decision of the constituents of JCM of Central Govt. employees to go for indefinite strike from 23rd November, 2015 and will decide at appropriate stage the form of solidarity action to be taken. The Convention also congratulates coal, postal, transport and telecom workers for their strike against policies of the Govt.

The Convention demands upon the Central Govt. to stop forthwith the process of making retrograde ai'nendments to the labour laws. The Convention also demands immediate steps to implement the consensus recommendations of successive lndian Labour Conferences and also positive response to long pending demands of the entire trade union movement of the country. The Convention urges the Central Govt. to desist from mindless drive for disinvestment in CPSUs and liberalising FDI in defence, insurance, Railways etc. and the convention also condemns the Govt. move of corporatization of major ports and postal services etc. The Convention urges the Govt. to reverse the direction of the ongoing economic policy regime which has landed the entire national economy in distress and decline affecting the working people most.

The Convention calls upon all the trade unions, federations across the sectors to widen and consolidate the unity at the grass-root level and prepare for countrywide united movement to halt and resist the brazen anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Govt and in preparation to the same undertakes unanimously the following programme:

1) Joint conventions and campaigns during June-July in state, district and industry level wherever possible and taking initiative to involve common people in support of workers struggle

The National Convention calls upon the trade unions and working people irrespective of affiliations to unite and make the countrywide General Strike a massive success.

BMS                 INTUC            AITUC                HMS              CITU

AIUTUC          TUCC              SEWA                AICCTU         UTUC         LPF

and All lndia Federations of Banks, Insurance, Defence, Railways, Central/State Govt. Employees and other Service Establishments

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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Amendment in Section 192A of the IT Act, 1961 - Instructions for deduction of TDS on withdrawal from PF

For Web Circulation
Employees' Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India)
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14-Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi-110066

No. WSU/6(1)2011/IT/Vol- IV
Date: 21 MAY 2015

All Add. CPFC (Zones)

Sub: Amendment in Section 192A of the IT Act, 1961 - Instructions for deduction of TDS on withdrawal from PF.

Ref: Head Office circular of even number dated 18.03.2015.

The Finance Act, 2015 (20 of 2015) has inserted a new section 192A regarding the payment of accumulated provident fund balance due to an employee.  The provision shall take effect from 1st June, 2015.  A copy of the said provision is enclosed for information.

2.  Income Tax shall be deducted at source (TDS) at the following rates if at the time of payment of the accumulated PF balance is more than or equal to Rs.30,000/-, with service less than 5 years:-

a) TDS will be deducted @ 10% provided PAN is submitted.  In case Form No. 15G or 15H is submitted by the member, then no TDS shall be deducted.

b) TDS will be deducted @ maximum marginal rate (i.e. 34.608%) if a member fails to submit PAN (and no Form No. 15G or 15H)

3.  TDS shall not be deducted in respect of the following cases:-
Transfer of PF from one account to another PF account.
Termination of service due to ill health of member, discontinuation/contraction of business by employer, completion of project or other cause beyond the control of the member.
If employee withdraws PF after a period of five years of continuous service, including service with former employer.
If PF payment is less than Rs. 30,000/- but the member has rendered service of less than 5 years.
If employee withdraws amount more than or equal to Rs.30,000/-, with service less than 5 years but submits Form 15G/15H along with their PAN
A flow-chart is appended for understanding the implications of the amended provisions in the Income Tax Act, 1961.

4. Kindly take note that TDS is deductible at the time of payment of provident fund in Form No. 19. Form No. 15H is for senior citizens (60 years & above) while Form No. 15G is for individuals having no taxable income.  Form 15G & 15H are self-declarations and may be accepted as such in duplicate.  Form 15G & 15H may not be accepted if amount of withdrawal is more than 2,50,000/- and Rs.3,00,000/- respectively.  Members shall quote PAN in Form No.15G/15H and in Form No. 19.  The field offices may purchase pre-printed Form No. 15G & 15H to assist the members in filling up Form No. 19.

5.  The process for authorization of Form No. 19 shall be as per the existing system.  However, wherever TDS has to be deducted @10%, the same may be approved on Form No. 19 by the APFC (Accounts).  Wherever the TDS has to be deducted @34.608%, the same may be approved on Form No. 19 by a RPFC level officer.  These instructions shall apply in initial stages of implementation of the amended income tax provisions.  Since the members may not be aware of the new provision, therefore, it shall be the responsibility of SSA (Accounts) to communicate the same to the member on telephone and record the same in Form No. 19 to submit PAN, Form No. 15G/15H, if applicable.  A system generated statement of Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) may invariably be sent to the member.

6.  Members who have rendered continuous service of 5 years or more, including service with former employer, shall not be required to submit PAN and Form No. 15G/15H along with Form No. 19.  Similarly, members whose service has been terminated due to his ill health, contraction or discontinuance of business of employer or other cause beyond the control of the member shall not be required to submit PAN, Form No. 15G/15H alongwith Form No. 19.  In such cases no income TAX (TDS) shall be deducted in terms of Rule 8 of Fourth Schedule to the Income Tax Act, 1961.

7.  The field offices shall deposit the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and returns thereof by 7th of the following month.  The existing TAN number obtained the respective offices may be used to deposit tax to the local income tax authority.  The in-house responsibility for deposit of tax and returns thereof shall lie with Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) as per the existing system.  The concerned officers and staff may be given an in-house training for implementation of new provisions of RPFCs may engage CAs, who are on our panel.

8.  The above should be made applicable with effect from 01.06.2015 and all steps should be taken before hand such as procuring copies of Form 15G and 15H.  In case of any clarification, the same may be escalated to the Head Office.

Yours faithfully,

Encl: As above.
(Sanjay Kumar)

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Need to have patience on One Rank One Pension issue, government seized of the matter: Navy Chief RK Dhowan

Mumbai: Amidst raging debate over the delay in the 'One Rank One Pension' issue, Navy Chief RK Dhowan said that the veterans will have to be patient. "We need to be patient. The Ministry of Defence has been seized of the matter.

Stating that it is a complex issue, he said that much work has been done. "A lot of progress has been made in the case," he said.

Stating that it is a complex issue, he said that much work has been done. "A lot of action has been taken," he said.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has recently assured the ex-servicemen of early implementation of the 'one rank, one pension' scheme, saying his Ministry has fast-tracked the work on it. The assurance came after a 27-member delegation of the ex-servicemen met him.

A rally was also held by the ex-servicemen, seeking early implementation of the scheme. Defence sources said Parrikar assured the ex-servicemen of rolling it out at the earliest. He said he is working hard on it and the Ministry will send its views to the Finance Ministry by February 17.

Parrikar underlined that there are lot of calculations and complications involved and he is working towards solving them.

One rank, one pension scheme has been a long-standing demand of the over 2 million ex-servicemen in the country. It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

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One Rank One Pension: 1971 India-Pakistan war veteran boycotts gallantry awards event

Miffed over the delay in the roll-out of 'One-Rank-One-Pension' for the armed forces, 1971 war veteran Wing Commander (Retd) Suresh Karnik on Thursday boycotted a gallantry award function in Pune attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Karnik, a recipient of the Vir Chakra--third highest award for gallantry, resorted to the boycott even as Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan advised ex-servicemen to be "patient" on the long-pending demand for OROP, saying that the government was seized of the matter.

While saying that Parrikar had good intentions on the OROP issue, Karnik blamed the bureaucracy for dragging the matter to the disappointment of lakhs of ex-service personnel across the country.

"Government is paying lip service to ex-servicemen's cause. Bureaucracy is playing its own game on One Rank One Pension issue," he told PTI in Pune. He also said he was not attending a gallantry award function in Pune that was addressed by Parrikar.

Admiral Dhowan stressed that OROP has been a "priority area" and the issue has been taken up with the Defence Ministry.

"We look forward to that announcement," he told reporters in Delhi. "The Ministry of Defence is very much seized of the problem. To the best of my knowledge, a lot of progress has been made on the OROP. It is up to the government to take a final decision on it," he said.

OROP has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen of India. It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to the defence personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

The scheme is estimated to cost around Rs 8,600 crore initially and subsequently several crore rupees annually.

Currently, all pre 2006 (the year the 6th pay panel recommendations became effective) pensioners receive lesser pension than not only their counterparts but also their juniors.


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One-rank, one-pension: War veterans to up agitation, refuse to attend govt function

 Ex servicemen sign a memorandum at a protest movement for their demands of one rank one pension and other welfare, held at War memorial near Raj Bhavan in Bangalore.

NEW DELHI: Miffed with the government's policies and practices with respect to armed forces, ex-servicemen say they will heighten their agitation till the one-rank, one-pension mechanism is implemented.

Veteran Wing Commander (retd) Suresh Damodar Karnik has declined an invite to a government function. Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will be attending the function.

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In Fight for One Rank One Pension, War Veterans Boycott Event: 10 Developments

NEW DELHI:  Two war veterans today boycotted a function where they were to be felicitated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, to protest against the delay in implementation of "one rank, one pension" for the armed forces.

One of them is Wing Commander SD Karnik, a 1971 war veteran who was awarded the Vir Chakra, one of India's top gallantry medals. "Since 1973 we haven't got any support from the government. This is downgrading the armed forces. I am hurt," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was widely expected to announce it on Monday when he addressed a rally in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, but he didn't.

NDTV has learnt that the file on one rank, one pension, a BJP election promise, is currently shuttling between the Finance and Defence Ministries after several queries were raised. Sources tell NDTV that the government doesn't want to announce anything that can be challenged in court.

"One rank, one pension" means that the same pension will be paid to personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of when they retired.

"I may not like ex-servicemen protesting but they are being pushed into it," said former Army Chief General VP Mallik. Ex-servicemen say they call it NATO - "No Action, Talk Only."

Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the pay commission recommendations at the time when the personnel retired. For instance, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws less pension than a Lt. Colonel who retired after 1996.

With one rank, one pension, retired personnel would draw the same pension as officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now. They would also be entitled to a year's back pay in pensions at the new rate, which would be a windfall for pensioners.

Six years ago, the Supreme Court directed the government to follow a one rank, one pension principal for retired servicemen. In February this year, the court said failure to implement it within three months would mean contempt of court.

One rank, one pension will benefit 25 lakh ex-servicemen. It is expected to cost the government more than Rs. 8300 crore a year.

In its Budget last year, months before the national election, the Congress-led UPA government announced that one-rank-one pay would be implemented, but allocated meagre Rs. 500 crore seen as inadequate funds for the initiative.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Central Government Employees and Workers, North Eastern Region, has submitted a memorandum to the Chairman of the Seventh Central Pay Commission regarding special duty allowance.

NE Central govt workers memo to Pay panel

 GUWAHATI, May 18 – The Regional Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Employees and Workers, North Eastern Region, has submitted a memorandum to the Chairman of the Seventh Central Pay Commission regarding special duty allowance.

The issue of special allowance for officers belonging to the North-east cadre of all-India services as additional monetary incentive was taken up for discussion in the National Council of JCM and Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers through their memoranda already submitted to the Seventh Central Pay Commission on June 30, 2014 and July 28, 2014 respectively.

The committee also placed before the Chairman and other members of the commission a brief background of the demand.

The Central Government employees working in the northeastern region had persistently been urging the Government of India for granting special allowance on the grounds of difficult conditions peculiar to the North-east. Following persistent demand by the employees, the UC Agarwal Committee set up by the Centre recommended to the Government to honour the demand.

“The Government of India issued an order on December 14, 1983 granting special (duty) allowance to the officers belonging to Group ‘A’ and partly to Group ‘B’ having all-India transfer liability on their being posted to any station in the northeastern region, depriving the other categories of employees belonging to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ working in the region which is arbitrary and discriminatory. Then, on recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure granted special (duty) allowance to all the Central Government employees and all-India services officers serving in the northeastern region @12.5 per cent of basic pay with effect from September 11,2008,” it said.

The memo added that the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Department of Personnel and Training vide its OM F. NO.14017/4/2005-AIS (II) dated February 10, 2009 granted special allowance for officers belonging to North-east cadres of all- India services @25 per cent of their basic pay + grade pay in addition to special (duty) allowance @12.5 per cent currently paid to them, depriving the other Central Government employees working in the region.

“This has again generated resentment among the employees in the region. If the grant of the allowance is justified on the ground of remoteness, arduous environment, endemic insurgency etc., it cannot be denied to the employees who are to face the same situation throughout their service career. The order is discriminatory and repetition of the efforts of DOPT while granting SDA earlier which had to be rescinded on the recommendation of the Sixth CPC,” it said, adding that the Seventh Central Pay Commission must look into the issue and recommend that the employees and officers working in the northeastern States should be extended “special duty allowance @37.5 per cent of pay to end the discrimination once and for all.”

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Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f 01.01.2015.

F. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
D ate: 26th May , 2015


Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f 01.01.2015.

In continuation of this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 20th October, 2014, the President is pleased to grant the Dearness Relief at the rate of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2015 to the following:

(i) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of ex-gratia @ Rs.600/ p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 & revised to Rs.3000, Rs.1000,Rs.750 &Rs.650 for Group A, B, C & D respectively w.e.f 4th June,2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dtd. 27th June, 2013 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 223% w.e.f. 1.1.2015.

(ii) The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR @ 215% w.e.f. 1.1.2015.

(a) The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 605/- p.m. & revised to Rs 645 w.e.f 04 June ,2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27th June,2013.

(b) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 654/-, Rs. 659/-, Rs. 703/- and Rs. 965/-.

2. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. In their application to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 25.05.2015.

4. Hindi version will follow.

( Charanjit Taneja )
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/DR_260515.pdf
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Clarification of Ministry of Railways Regarding Unprecedented Increase of Traffic on Irctc Website (E-Ticketing Website of Indian Railways)

The Morning Hits on Irctc Website go up from 10million to a Peak of 30 Million

Additional Computer Server Being Put in Place to Augment the Booking Capacity of the Irctc Site to Cope up with the Increased Traffic

Complaints have been received regarding intermittent malfunctioning of IRCTC Website particularly during morning time in last one week. The complaints relates to the following:-

(1) Inability to access the site

(2) Failure to complete the transaction

(3) Long queuing/waiting time

(4) Improper ticket transaction

(5) Forced logout

The Ministry of Railways would like to submit that the IRCTC Website has capacity for a defined level of transactions. However, since 21st May 2015 an unprecedented level of train cancellations have been forced on the railway system by agitation on Kota-Mathura route which is still continuing. This section which bears the major traffic between South and North and North to West has been cut off due to agitation. Till 1300 hrs of 27th May 2015, 208 mail/express trains have been cancelled, 9 partially cancelled and 109 trains have been diverted on alternative routes. This cancellation/diversion has lead to an unprecedented level of cancellations of reservations, revised reservation requests, enquiries etc.

It may be noted that since the agitation started, more than 1.9 lakh cancellations are being done daily against 1.1 lakh cancellations being done normally by IRCTC Website, an increase of 70%. It may be noted that cancellation of one journey normally leads to a revised application for reservation for anticipated future date. This has lead to a sudden upsurge of hits on the IRCTC Website. Further, it may also be noted that once a passenger cancels a ticket, he tries to go in for Tatkal and as a result the search has been particularly surged from 10.30 in the morning which is normally Tatkal period. The number of hits between 10 AM to 11 AM which were normally in the range of 10 million have gone up 22.3 million since start of agitation, touching a peak of 30 million on 22nd May 2015.

IRCTC Website is not geared for such abnormal increase of traffic and hence the reported problems. However, steps have taken to mitigate the problem in this moment of crisis and additional server is being put in place to augment the booking capacity of the site and to cope with the increased traffic.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Simplification of Pension process for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependent parents

No. 1(7)/2013-D(Pension/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi
Dated: 15th May 2015


The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

SUBJECT: Simplification of Pension process for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependent parents


The undersigned is directed to refer to the provisions contained in the GOI, MOD letter No A/49601/ AG/PS-4 (e)/3363/B/D(Pen/Ser) dated 27.08.1987 as modified vide this Ministry’s letter No. 906//A/D(Pen/Ser)/05 dated 13.08.2008 and No 02(03)/2010-D(Pen/Policy) dated 17th January 2013 of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare regarding grant of Pension to old parents and disabled children/sibling after the death of the pensioners/family pensioner. Certain difficulties are being experienced for grant of such pension. The matter has been examined and it has been decided to further streamline the process of grant of pension to old parents/disabled children sibling as under. The employee/pensioner/family pensioner may, at any time before or after retirement/ death of Armed Force Personnel, make a request to the Appointing Authority seeking advance approval for grant of family pension for life to a permanently disabled child/sibling in terms of provisions contained in GOI, MOD Letter No.- A/49601/ AG/PS4(e)/3363/B/D (Pension/Services) dated 27.08.1987 as amended vide GOI MOD Letter No. 906/ AIDGPen/Sers)/05 dated 13.08.2008, which are reproduced as under:

2. Before allowing the family pension for life to any such son or daughter, the appointing authority shall satisfy that the handicap is of such a nature so as to prevent him or her from earning his or her livelihood and the same shall be evidenced by a certificate obtained from a Medical Board comprising of a Medical Superintendent or a Principal or a Director or Head of the Institution or his nominee as Chairman and two other members, out of which at least one shall be a Specialist in the particular area of mental or physical disability including mental retardation setting out, as far as possible, the exact mental or physical condition of the child. As per GOI, MOD Letter No.- PN/7995/D(Pen/Pol)/2010 dated 01.10.2010, the family Pension to the dependent disabled siblings shall be payable if the siblings were wholly dependent upon the Armed Force Personnel immediately before his or her death and deceased Armed Force Personnel is not survived by a widow or an eligible child or eligible parents.

3(a). In terms of GOI, MOD Letter No. B/38207/ AG/PS4/931/B/D(Pen/Ser) dated 6.08:-1998 the-family pension-to the parents-shall-be-payable if-the parents were wholly dependent on the Armed force Personnel immediately before his or her death and the deceased Armed force Personnel is not survived by a widow or an eligible child.

7. The authorization as indicated above shall be made in the PPO or by issuing a revised PPO if a child, parents or siblings is authorized for family pension after issue of the PPO. The revised PPO shall take the usual route to the Pension Disbursing Authority. The Pension Disbursing Authority shall start disbursing family pension to the permanently disabled child/sibling or dependent parents after the death of the pensioner/spouse/other family pensioner, as the case may be, on the basis of the PPO /revised PPO, approval of the appointing authority and the death certificates/s) of the pensioner and other family pensioners and the self-certificate for income.

8. Such an authorization shall become invalid in case a person becomes member of family after issue/amendment of such PPO and is entitled to family pension prior to the disabled child/sibling/dependent parents at the time of the death of the Pensioners/spouse. For example, the pensioner may marry/remarry after the death of first spouse or adopt a child. Such spouse/child may be eligible for family pension at the time of death of the pensioner or death/ineligibility of the spouse. A child adopted by the spouse of the pensioner shall not be treated as a member of the Family of the deceased pensioner. A decision regarding grant of family pension in such cases will be taken by the appointing authority in accordance with provisions of A151/80.

9. In order to facilitate the prompt payment of the family pension in such cases, Armed Force Personnel/pensioners/their spouses may open a bank account of such children/siblings/parents and submit the same to the Pension Sanctioning authority through the appointing authority for inclusion in the PPO /revised PPO.

10. This issues with the concurrence of the finance Division of this Ministry vide their UO No. 10(01)/2015/FIN/PEN dated 24.03.2015.

11. Hindi version will follow.

(Prem Parkash)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/D%28PenPolicy%29-15-May-2015_0.pdf
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Monday, May 25, 2015


Indian Banks' Assassination
10th Wage Agreement

Indian Banks Association inked wage settlement with Employee Unions and Officers’ Associations today, 25th May, 2015. The settlement gives 15% increase in salary and Allowances to about 10 lakh bank employees.

Employees and officers from 43 banks including public sector banks, old private sector banks and some of the foreign banks benefit from the wage revision. The current wage revision is effective from 1st November 2012 and will be valid for 5 years. In all 11 All India Employees Unions and Officers’ Associations participated in the wage revision exercise.

The scale pay of Officers has been revised from Rs.14500 - Rs.52000 to Rs.23700 - Rs.85000. (Special allowance for officers ranging from 7.75% to 11% of basic pay along with applicable Dearness allowance has also been introduced)

The scale pay of Workmen - non-subordinate has been revised from Rs.7200-Rs.19300 to Rs.11765-Rs.31540, also the scale pay of Subordinate staff has been revised from Rs.5850-Rs.11350 to Rs.9560-Rs.18545. (Special allowance for workmen @7.75% of basic pay along with applicable Dearness allowance has also been introduced)

Another important feature of the settlement is that a medical insurance scheme is being introduced for families of employees.

The 15% wage revision would cost the Public Sector banks Rs.4725 crores as incremental Salary and allowances in a year. Banks have been making provision for wage revision from November 2012. Mr. T M Bhasin, Chairman, IBA and Mr. Rajiv Rishi, Chairman, Negotiating Committee of IBA led the Management team in the negotiations. IBA expects banks will implement the revision immediately.

IBA expects the salary revision to improve the moral of the bank employees, leading to better productivity.

Source: http://www.iba.org.in/Documents/10th_Wage_Agreement.pdf
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DOPT to hold a meeting of NC JCM meeting on 29.05.2015

March to Parliament was held on 28.04.2015 and call of strike has been given by JCA on 23.11.2015 on the demands of central government employees. On the backdrop of the pressure mounted by JCA, DOPT has called a meeting of NC JCM on 29.05.2015 to discuss and consider the issues of central government employees.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi,dated the 21st May, 2015


Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra,
Secretary, Staff Side,
National Council (JCM)
13, C Ferozshah Road
New Delhi


Please refer to your online grievance No.PM0PG/2015/83480 dated 28th April, 2015 regarding proposed call for Strike on 23.11.2015.

2. You will be aware that the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is scheduled to be held on 29.05.2015 and also meeting of the National Council (JCM) is likely to be held shortly. Some of the issues will be discussed and considered during the meetings.

Yours faithfully

(A.Asholi Chalai)
Director (JCA)

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PSU bank employees will soon get pay hike, arrears for 30 months

 Mumbai, May 22:  Employees of public sector banks, old generation private sector banks and some foreign banks will be a happy lot as they will soon get 15 per cent pay hike, arrears for the last 30 months, and other benefits as part of a deal that the unions and bank managements have reached.

Unions, under the aegis of the United Forum of Bank Unions, and bank managements, represented by the Indian Banks’ Association, have worked out a detailed Bipartite Settlement/ Joint Note and the same will be formalised on May 25.

The benefits that about 7.50 lakh bank employees stand to get are a special pay, a new hospitalisation scheme backed up by insurance and holiday on every second and fourth Saturday in a month.

The back wages (arrears) that bank employees will get for the last 30 months will warm the cockles of their heart. Income tax authorities too will be happy as arrears will be taxable.

S Nagarajan, General Secretary, All India Bank Officers’ Association, said “A special allowance has been introduced for employees… there is a new hospitalisation scheme backed up by insurance.” The wage settlement will benefit 3,04,000 odd officers (as on March 31, 2012) in the banking sector.

Officers will get health insurance cover of Rs. 4 lakh and the clerical and sub-staff will get Rs. 3 lakh cover, he added.

A corporate buffer will be created by banks to reimburse hospitalisation expenditure exceeding the abovementioned limits.

Pointing out that the last wage settlement expired in October 2012, Nagarajan, in a lighter vein, observed that “Five years is the tenure of the wage settlement. We have already exhausted 30 months in coming to a settlement. It’s time now to submit the next charter of demands.”

Vishwas Utagi, Vice President, All India Bank Employees Association, said the wage settlement will benefit about 4.50 lakh clerical and sub-staff in the banking sector.

Bank employees will get close a couple of lakh rupees, on an average, as arrears in gross terms, he explained. Since payrolls are computerised, the arrears could be credited to employees’ accounts in a month.

Utagi said the issue of upgradation of pension of retirees and 100 per cent neutralisation of dearness allowance will be taken up by the United Forum of Bank Unions separately.

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